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Biological Sciences, B.S.

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There has never been a more exciting and important time to study biology. From the mapping of the genome to understanding the molecular basis of human disease to predicting the effects of global climate change on ecosystems to understanding fundamental processes that produce and sustain life on Earth, the Biological Sciences are at the forefront of finding answers to some of society's most vexing problems.

The Biological Sciences address many of the most important and fundamental questions about our world:

  • What is life?
  • How does our brain produce our ideas and emotions?
  • What are the limits to human life and physical capabilities?
  • How do we feed the world's growing population?
  • Could medical science ensure that our children won't have to worry about disease?

UC Merced Biological Sciences Program

This program teaches biology as a multidisciplinary science, reflecting the increasing role of chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and advanced technologies in the life sciences. Students majoring in Biology at UC Merced can select among specialized “emphasis” tracks, instead of individual majors. In this way, all biology students graduating from UC Merced will have a common foundation necessary for biologists in the 21st century, as well as specialized skills and knowledge to aid in their pursuit of careers in biology-related fields or graduate / professional school training.

There are five emphasis tracks in the biological sciences:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology.